Sunday, December 31, 2017

Song of the Year, 1900-2017

This page was created to get snapshots of each year and its big hit songs. However, the task became cumbersome and was better served as part of individual decade pages. As such, you can find the “Song of the Year” winners by clicking on any of the badges below:


These are the year-end awards noted on the pages above:

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Phil Spector: Top 50 Songs

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Phil Spector was born December 26, 1939 in the Bronx, New York. He is best known as a record producer who developed what has been called “the Wall of Sound,” an approach to producing a dense orchestral asthetic within studio recordings. His personal life was troubled by a history with gun violence and in 2003 he was convicted of second degree murder. In honor of his birthday, here are his 50 biggest hits as a writer and/or producer:


The Top 50 Phil Spector Songs

The Ronettes “Be My Baby”

1. John Lennon “Imagine” 1971)
2. The Beatles “Let It Be” (1970)
3. The Righteous Brothers “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’” (1964)
4. The Righteous Brothers “Unchained Melody” (1965)
5. George Harrison “My Sweet Lord” (1970)
6. The Ronettes “Be My Baby” (1963)
7. Ike & Tina Turner “River Deep, Mountain High” (1966)
8. The Crystals “Da Doo Ron Ron (When He Walked Me Home)” (1963)
9. John Lennon “Instant Karma (We All Shine On)” (1970)
10. The Dixie Cups “Chapel of Love” (1964)

11. The Crystals “He’s a Rebel” (1962)
12. The Beatles “The Long and Winding Road” (1970)
13. Ben E. King “Spanish Harlem” (1960)
14. The Teddy Bears “To Know Him Is to Love Him” (1958)
15. John Lennon “Jealous Guy” (1971)
16. John Lennon “Stand by Me” (1975)
17. The Crystals “Then He Kissed Me” (1963)
18. John Lennon “Happy X-Mas (War Is Over)” (1971)
19. George Harrison “Give Me Love, Give Me Peace on Earth” (1973)
20. George Harrison “What Is Life” (1971)

21. John Lennon “Mother” (1970)
22. John Lennon “Working Class Hero” (1970)
23. Paris Sisters “I Love How You Love Me” (1961)
24. John Lennon “God” (1970)
25. Ramones “Rock and Roll High School” (1979)
26. The Beatles “Across the Universe” (1970)
27. The Ronettes “Baby I Love You” (1963)
28. John Lennon “Power to the People” (1971)
29. The Ronettes “Walking in the Rain” (1964)
30. Curtis Lee & the Halos “Pretty Little Angel Eyes” (1961)

31. The Crystals “There’s No Other Like My Baby” (1961)
32. The Righteous Brothers “Just Once in My Life” (1965)
33. The Crystals “He’s Sure the Boy I Love” (1962)
34. Bob B. Soxx & the Blue Jeans “Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah” (1962)
35. Sonny Charles & the Checkmates Ltd. “Black Pearl” (1969)
36. The Ronettes “Do I Love You?” (1964)
37. The Righteous Brothers “Ebb Tide” (1965)
38. Connie Francis “Second Hand Love” (1962)
39. Ray Peterson “Corrine, Corrina” (1960)
40. The Crystals “Uptown” (1962)

41. George Harrison “Bangla-Desh” (1971)
42. The Ronettes “Born to Be Together” (1965)
43. Darlene Love “Today I Met the Boy I’m Gonna Marry” (1963)
44. Darlene Love “A Fine, Fine Boy” (1963)
45. John Lennon “Woman Is the Nigger of the World” (1972)
46. Bob B. Soxx & the Blue Jeans “Why Do Lovers Break Each Others’ Hearts” (1963)
47. Gene Pitney “Every Breath I Take” (1961)
48. Ramones “Do You Remember Rock and Roll Radio” (1980)
49. George Harrison “Isn’t It a Pity” (1970)
50. The Ronettes “The Best Part of Breakin’ Up” (1964)


Saturday, December 23, 2017

December 23, 1806: Beethoven's Violin Concerto premiered

Last updated August 27, 2018.

Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 61

Ludwig van Beethoven (composer)


Composed: 1806


First Performed: December 23, 1806


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Quotable: “one of the most important works of the violin concerto repertoire” – Wikipedia


Genre: classical > violin concerto


Parts/Movements:

  1. Allegro ma non troppo
  2. Larghetto
  3. Rondo, Allegro

Average Duration: 43:30

Review:

Beethoven composed his Violin Concerto for colleague Franz Clement who debuted the work at a benefit concert at the Theater an der Wien in Vienna on December 23, 1806. Beethoven reportedly finished the solo part so late Clement had to sight-read part of the performance. The premiere was not well received, sending the sending the work into decades of obscurity. In 1844, 12-year-old violinist Joseph Joachim revived the piece alongside the London Philharmonic Society conducted by Felix Mendelssohn. It has since become one of the best-known violin concertos. WK

The concerto was written at the height of Beethoven’s creative, so-called “second” period, representing one of his crowning achievements in his exploration of the concerto. WK “At over 25 minutes in length, the first movement is notable as one of the most extended in any of Beethoven’s works, including the symphonies.” MR “The second movement takes a place among the most serene music Beethoven ever produced.” MR

Possibly as a result of the concerto’s initially poor reception, Beethoven revised it for piano and orchestra. He crafted a “lengthy, somewhat bombastic first movement cadenza which features the orchestra’s timpanist along with the solo pianist. This and the cadenzas for the other movements were later arranged for the violin (and timpani).” WK


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Friday, December 22, 2017

December 22, 1808: Beethoven premiered his 6th symphony

Last updated August 28, 2018.

Symphony No. 6 in F major (Pastorale), Op. 68

Ludwig van Beethoven (composer)


Composed: 1806-1808


First Performed: December 22, 1808


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Genre: classical > Romantic symphony


Parts/Movements:

  1. Allegro ma non troppo (Awakening of happy feelings on arriving in the country)
  2. Andante molto moto (Scene by the Brook)
  3. Allegro (Peasant’s merrymaking)
  4. Allegro (The storm)
  5. Allegretto (Shepherds’ song. Joyous thanksgiving after the storm)

Average Duration: 41:33

Review:

“For roughly 175 years, the music appreciation racket has told us that Beethoven composed symphonies in contrasting odd-even pairs after 1803, none more startling than the heaven-storming Fifth and bucolic Sixth. Originally, however, he assigned the designation of ‘No. 5’ to the Pastoral for their shared debut on surely the most historic night in Western music, December 22, 1808. Beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the unheated Theater an der Wien, he premiered both symphonies, the Fourth Piano Concerto, ‘Choral’ Fantasy, ‘Ah! perfido!’ (a concert aria from 1796), and introduced a Viennese audience to excerpts from the C major Mass, an Esterházy commission of 1807 that Prince Nicolaus II disliked when he heard it.” RD

“Beethoven began making specific notes for a ‘Sinfonia pastorale’ in 1806, but didn’t complete the work until 1808, in the village of Heiligenstadt northwest of Vienna. If this had been an unlikely hatchery in 1807 for the fist-brandishing Fifth Symphony, it perfectly suited – as he noted in his sketchbook – ‘recollections of country life...more the expression of feeling than of painting’ in his ensuing woodwind-drenched symphony (although violins get first crack at nine of its 12 significant themes).” RD

Cheerful impressions wakened by arrival in the country’ (Allegro ma non troppo, in F major, 2/4) is the first movement. It is in sonata form, pretty much by the book, with violins introducing all themes. The second-movement Scene by the brook (Andante molto moto, in B flat major and 12/8 time) is a Sonata structure again, but more relaxed, with a limpid main theme for violins and a bassoon sub-theme. In the coda, the flute impersonates a nightingale, the oboe a quail, and the clarinet a cuckoo.” RD

“The third movement, Merry gathering of country folk (Allegro, 3/4 time, F major), is an expanded song-and-trio, with a 2/4 section in ‘tempo d’Allegro’ that creates the effect of an ABCABCA structure, leading without pause to the fourth movement, Thunderstorm; tempest (Allegro; F minor, 4/4). From the first raindrop to last, this is purely depictive music.” RD

“It is followed by a 10-bar chorale that segues the final Shepherd’s song; glad and grateful tidings after the storm (Allegretto; F major, 6/8), a sonata-rondo, whose C-section some have called a development section. The fun includes a sly parody of amateur musicians before the long, progressively tranquil coda that ends with a pianistic gesture: two fortissimo chords.” RD


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December 22, 1808: Beethoven premiered his 5th symphony

Last updated August 27, 2018.

Symphony No. 5 in C minor (“Fate”), Op. 67

Ludwig van Beethoven (composer)


Composed: 1804-1808


First Performed: December 22, 1808


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Genre: classical > Romantic symphony


Parts/Movements:

  1. Allegro con brio
  2. Andante con moto
  3. Allegro
  4. Allegro

Average Duration: 32:50

Review:

Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony is “one of the most popular and best-known compositions in all of classical music, and one of the most often played symphonies.” AZ The poet and composer E.T.A. Hoffman called it “one of the most important works of the time.” AZ The symphony consists of four movements: “an opening sonata, an andante, and a fast scherzo which leads attacca to the finale.” AZ Beethoven toiled away for more than four years to compose it, finally introducing it on December 22, 1808 in Vienna’s Theater an der Wien.

Also included in the program were Symphony No. 6, Piano Concerto No. 4, and parts of his Mass in C. MJ While it might be considered “one of the most extraordinary concerts in history,” MJ it also should be noted that “the hall was unheated, and the musicians woefully under-prepared. As Schindler noted, ‘The reception accorded to these works was not as desired, and probably no better than the author himself had expected. The public was not endowed with the necessary degree of comprehension for such extraordinary music, and the performance left a great deal to be desired.’” MJ

However, “the work achieved its prodigious reputation soon afterwards.” AZ Hoffman wrote, “How this magnificent composition carries the listener on and on in a continually ascending climax into the ghostly world of infinity!...the human breast, squeezed by monstrous presentiments and destructive powers, seems to gasp for breath; soon a kindly figure approaches full of radiance, and illuminates the depths of terrifying night.” MJ

In Howard’s End, E.M. Forster writes about the symphony, saying it satisfies “all sort and conditions.” MJ The fact that he focuses heavily on the work “shows the extent to which it had become absorbed into the Romantic consciousness.” MJ

“Hermann Kretzschmar wrote of the ‘stirring dogged and desperate struggle’ of the first movement, one of the most concentrated of all Beethoven’s symphonic sonata movements. It is derived almost exclusively from the rhythmic cell of the opening, which is even felt in the accompaniment of the second subject group. There follows a variation movement in which cellos introduce the theme, increasingly elaborated and with shorter note values at every reappearance. A second, hymn-like motif is heard as its counterfoil.” MJ

“The tripartite scherzo follows; the main idea is based on an ominous arpeggio figure, but we hear also the omnipresent ‘Fate’ rhythm, exactly as it is experienced in the first movement. The central section, which replaces the customary trio, is a pounding fugato beginning in the cellos and basses, and then running through the rest of the orchestra. Of particular structural interest is the inter-linking bridge passage which connects the last two movements. Over the drumbeat referred to by Forster’s Tibby, the music climbs inexorably toward the tremendous assertion of C major triumph at the start of the finale. The epic grandeur of the music, now with martial trombones and piccolo added (the Fifth also calls for contrabassoon), has irresistible drive and sweep, though that eventual victory is still some way off is suggested by the return of the ominous scherzo figure during the extended development.” MJ


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Sunday, December 17, 2017

December 17, 1865: Schubert's Unfinished Symphony premiered

Last updated August 29, 2018.

Symphony No. 8 in B minor (“Unfinished”), D. 759

Franz Schubert (composer)


Composed: 1822


First Performed: December 17, 1865


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Genre: classical > symphony


Parts/Movements:

  1. Allegro moderato
  2. Andante con moto

Average Duration: 24:20

Review:

“Early in 1822, Schubert was at the zenith of his career and he began writing a monumental Symphony in B minor. By the end of that year, he had scored the first two movements and sketched a third. He contracted syphilis late in that year and for a time was completely incapacitated, which was when he stopped work on the symphony and set it aside. By spring, he had recovered some of his strength. He was accepted for honorary membership in the Styrian Music Society at Graz in Austria. As part of his acceptance, he sent the two completed movements of the B minor Symphony to its director, Anselm Hüttenbrenner, who promptly stuffed them into a drawer and forgot them. It languished there until 1860, when Hüttenbrenner’s younger brother Joseph came upon it and recognizing it as a lost treasure and began badgering Viennese conductor Johann Herbeck to perform the piece. The work was finally performed December 17, 1865.” MM

“The symphony itself is both large and understated. From the first, ominous opening bars, it is evident this is not the youthful Schubert who earlier crafted six lightweight symphonies. Confident and audacious, Schubert begins the 14 minute first movement by laying down a cornerstone in the basses, upon which is layered a gentle, wafting melody which gradually accumulates mass and power to a quick conclusion. This all turns out to be an introduction, and one of the composer's most brilliant melodies ensues. This, too, quickly becomes larger and more dramatic and an effective bridge leads back to the beginning. An intense, soaring center section, almost triumphant in its great chords, leads to a final reprise of the opening and the great movement ends solemnly.” MM

“The 11 minute Andante con moto movement begins with a marvelous melody, presented straightforwardly with no ornamentation, and this leads seamlessly to another marvelous woodwind melody. Great, broad shouldered strides carry the music to a new key where the themes are repeated. Tranquillity returns with the first themes and after a summation of what has passed, the movement – and the work – marches quietly to its end.” MM


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Saturday, December 16, 2017

The Top 100 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Hopefuls

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Note: this list was originally presented October 21, 2011. It has been updated to exclude acts which have subsequently been inducted.

Bashing the Rock Hall has become the quite vogue thing to do. Of course, they have inducted hundreds of deserving artists alongside those who raise many music fans eyebrows. However, fans get outraged this time every year when their favorites get snubbed…yet again.

In the true spirit of Dave’s Music Database, the occasion for a list presented itself. Just who are the biggest Rock and Roll Hall of Fame snubs, those acts which fans most think have been overlooked? More than 60 lists were consolidated to create the DMDB list of 100 deserving acts. Here we go:

1. The Cure
2. Iron Maiden
3. The Smiths
4. Motorhead
5. Depeche Mode
6. Judas Priest
7. T-Rex
8. Def Leppard
9. Roxy Music
10. Warren Zevon

11. Pat Benatar
12. The Replacements
13. The Doobie Brothers
14. Joy Division
15. Kraftwerk
16. Pixies
17. Bad Company
18. Jethro Tull
19. Todd Rundgren
20. Chic

21. Devo
22. The Zombies
23. Thin Lizzy
24. Emerson, Lake & Palmer
25. Janet Jackson
26. Peter Frampton
27. Nine Inch Nails
28. New York Dolls
29. King Crimson
30. Joe Cocker

31. Boston
32. MC5
33. Soundgarden
34. The Monkees
35. The Guess Who
36. Big Star
37. Sonic Youth
38. Duran Duran
39. Gram Parsons
40. Whitney Houston

41. Slayer
42. Foreigner
43. Motley Crue
44. Dick Dale
45. Three Dog Night
46. Steppenwolf
47. Styx
48. The B-52’s
49. War
50. J. Geils Band

51. Kate Bush
52. New Order
53. The Scorpions
54. LL Cool J
55. Spinners
56. Link Wray
57. Television
58. Barry White
59. Brian Eno
60. Ted Nugent

61. Pantera
62. Nick Drake
63. Bjork
64. Jane’s Addiction
65. Blue Oyster Cult
66. Carole King (as a performer)
67. Jimmy Buffett
68. Love
69. Captain Beefheart
70. X

71. Grand Funk Railroad
72. Los Lobos
73. Tommy James & the Shondells
74. Willie Nelson
75. Tina Turner
76. Weird Al Yankovic
77. Little Feat
78. Ozzy Osbourne
79. Ben E. King
80. Smashing Pumpkins

81. Black Flag
82. Afrika Bambaataa
83. Procol Harum
84. Mott the Hoople
85. Megadeth
86. Jim Croce
87. Harry Nilsson
88. Eurythmics
89. Johnny Burnette & The Rock N’ Roll Trio
90. Rufus/Chaka Khan

91. Husker Du
92. Dead Kennedys
93. Nick Cave
94. The Clovers
95. The Runaways
96. Eric B. & Rakim
97. Billy Idol
98. The Meters
99. Cher
100. Faith No More


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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductees, 1986-2018

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Congratulations to the 2018 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees – Bon Jovi, The Cars, Dire Straits, The Moody Blues, Nina Simone, and Sister Rosetta Tharpe. Click on the name of the acts to see their Rock and Roll Hall of Fame bios.

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The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame was established in 1983 to, as the website says, “recognize the contributions of those who have had a significant impact on the evolution, development, and perpetuation of rock and roll.” As the site says, “to be eligible for induction as an artist (as a performer, composer, or musician)…the artist must have released a record, in the generally accepted sense of that phrase, at least 25 years prior to the year of induction and have demonstrated unquestionable musical excellence.” Among considerations are the artist’s influence on other artists, length and depth of career, body of work, and innovation and superiority in style and technique.

Here is an alphabetical listing of all inductees from 1986 to 2018. Click on the act’s name to go to the DMDB music maker encyclopedia entry. Click on “hall bio” to go to the act’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame page.


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Sunday, December 10, 2017

Adult Album Alternative (AAA): Top 100 Songs

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In 1996, Billboard magazine lanched the adult album alternative (AAA) chart. The radio format is a spinoff of the album-oriented radio format rooted in music from the ‘60s and ‘70s. AAA includes some of that genre’s most noted acts (Eric Clapton, John Mellencamp, Tom Petty, The Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen), but expands to include a variety of genres generally broader than most other radio formats, encompassing alternative rock, alt country, folk, jazz, and blues.

As of December 9, 2017, here are the top 100 AAA songs. They are listed based on most weeks at #1. Songs with the same number of weeks on top are ranked based on most points in Dave’s Music Database.

    16 weeks:

  1. U2 “Beautiful Day” (2000)

    15 weeks:

  2. Coldplay “Clocks” (2002)
  3. Kings of Leon “Waste a Moment” (2016)

    14 weeks:

  4. Adele “Rolling in the Deep” (2010)
  5. The Wallflowers “One Headlight” (1996)
  6. Matchbox 20 “Bent” (2000)
  7. Matchbox 20 “3 A.M.” (1996)

    13 weeks:

  8. Gotye with Kimbra “Somebody That I Used to Know” (2011)
  9. Santana with Rob Thomas “Smooth” (1999)
  10. Jack Johnson “Upside Down” (2006)
  11. Pearl Jam “Just Breathe” (2009)

    12 weeks:

  12. Train “Drops of Jupiter (Tell Me)” (2001)
  13. Beck “Dreams” (2015)
  14. Dave Matthews Band “Funny the Way It Is” (2009)

    11 weeks:

  15. Coldplay “Viva La Vida” (2008)
  16. Mumford & Sons “I Will Wait” (2012)
  17. Portugal, the Man “Feel It Still” (2017)
  18. The Lumineers “Ophelia” (2016)
  19. Jack Johnson “You and Your Heart” (2010)
  20. KT Tunstall “Hold On” (2007)

    10 weeks:

  21. Sarah McLachlan “Building a Mystery” (1997)
  22. George Ezra “Budapest” (2013)
  23. Death Cab for Cutie “Soul Meets Body” (2005)
  24. The Black Keys “Fever” (2014)
  25. Jack Johnson “If I Had Eyes” (2007)
  26. Jack Johnson “Good People” (2005)
  27. David Gray “Fugitive” (2009)

    9 weeks:

  28. U2 “Vertigo” (2004)
  29. Coldplay “Speed of Sound” (2005)
  30. Train “Calling All Angels” (2003)
  31. Hootie & the Blowfish “Old Man & Me (When I Get to Heaven)” (1996)

    8 weeks:

  32. Green Day “Boulevard of Broken Dreams” (2004)
  33. Lorde “Royals” (2013)
  34. Snow Patrol “Chasing Cars” (2006)
  35. The Lumineers “Ho Hey” (2012)
  36. Coldplay “Paradise” (2011)
  37. Milky Chance “Stolen Dance” (2013)
  38. R.E.M. “The Great Beyond” (1999)
  39. Counting Crows “Hanginaround” (1999)
  40. The Lumineers “Stubborn Love” (2012)
  41. Norah Jones “Sunrise” (2004)
  42. Tracy Chapman “Telling Stories (There Is Friction in the Space Between) (2000)
  43. The Head and the Heart “All We Ever Knew” (2016)
  44. Michael Franti & Spearhead “The Sound of Sunshine” (2010)
  45. Death Cab for Cutie “You Are a Tourist” (2011)
  46. David Gray “You’re the World to Me” (2007)
  47. Serena Ryder “Stompa” (2013)

    7 weeks:

  48. New Radicals “You Get What You Give” (1998)
  49. The Fray “You Found Me” (2008)
  50. The Black Keys “Lonely Boy” (2011)
  51. Sheryl Crow “Soak Up the Sun” (2002)
  52. Eric Clapton “My Father’s Eyes” (1998)
  53. U2 “Staring at the Sun” (1997)
  54. Coldplay “Every Teardrop Is a Waterfall” (2011)
  55. Kings of Leon “Radioactive” (2010)
  56. Dave Matthews Band “Where Are You Going?” (2002)
  57. U2 “Window in the Skies” (2006)
  58. Dave Matthews Band “Stay (Wasting Time)” (1998)
  59. Natalie Merchant “Kind and Generous” (1998)
  60. Dave Matthews Band “Everyday” (2001)
  61. U2 “You’re the Best Thing About Me” (2017)
  62. Snow Patrol “Crack the Shutters” (2008)
  63. John Butler Trio “Better Than” (2007)
  64. Spoon “Hot Thoughts’ (2017)

    6 weeks:

  65. Gnarls Barkley “Crazy” (2006)
  66. Sam Smith “Stay with Me” (2014)
  67. Phillip Phillips “Home” (2012)
  68. John Mayer “Waiting on the World to Change” (2006)
  69. Goo Goo Dolls “Slide” (1998)
  70. The Killers “Read My Mind” (2006)
  71. John Mellencamp “Key West Intermezzo (I Saw You First)” (1996)
  72. Sheryl Crow “A Change Would Do You Good” (1996)
  73. U2 “Electrical Storm” (2002)
  74. Jack Johnson “Sitting, Waiting, Wishing” (2005)
  75. Blues Traveler “Most Precarious” (1997)
  76. Arcade Fire “Everything Now” (2017)
  77. Norah Jones “Chasing Pirates” (2009)
  78. Ray LaMontagne & the Pariah Dogs “Beg, Steal or Borrow” (2010)
  79. Daid Gray “The One I Love” (2005)
  80. Pete Yorn “Life on a Chain” (2001)

    5 weeks:

  81. U2 “Sometimes You Can’t Make It on Your Own” (2004)
  82. Primitive Radio Gods “Standing Outside a Broken Phone Booth with Money in My Hand” (1996)
  83. The Verve Pipe “The Freshmen” (1996)
  84. Gin Blossoms “Follow You Down” (1996)
  85. Coldplay “Adventure of a Lifetime” (2015)
  86. Sheryl Crow “My Favorite Mistake” (1998)
  87. Mumford & Sons “Believe” (2015)
  88. Sarah McLachlan “Fallen” (2003)
  89. Counting Crows “Accidentally in Love” (2004)
  90. Death Cab for Cutie “I Will Possess Your Heart” (2008)
  91. Shery Crow “Anything But Down” (1998)
  92. Collective Soul “Run” (1999)
  93. John Mayer “Bigger Than My Body” (2003)
  94. John Mellencamp with India.Arie “Peaceful World” (2001)
  95. Dave Matthews Band “I Did It” (2001)
  96. R.E.M. “Supernatural Superserious” (2008)
  97. Rag ‘n’ Bone Man “Human” (2016)
  98. John Mayer “Who Says” (2009)
  99. The Avett Brothers “Ain’t No Man” (2016)
  100. Paolo Nutini “New Shoes” (2006)

Adult Album Alternative (AAA) Acts: Top 100

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In 1996, Billboard magazine lanched the adult album alternative (AAA) chart. The radio format is a spinoff of the album-oriented radio format rooted in music from the ‘60s and ‘70s. AAA includes some of that genre’s most noted acts (Eric Clapton, John Mellencamp, Tom Petty, The Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen), but expands to include a variety of genres generally broader than most other radio formats, encompassing alternative rock, alt country, folk, jazz, and blues.

As of December 9, 2017, here are the top 100 AAA acts.

1. U2
2. Dave Matthews (solo and with band)
3. Coldplay
4. Jack Johnson
5. Sheryl Crow
6. John Mayer
7. R.E.M.
8. Counting Crows
9. The Wallflowers
10. Train

11. Tom Petty (solo & with Heartbreakers & Mudcrutch)
12. David Gray
13. Ryan Adams
14. Eric Clapton
15. Beck
16. Death Cab for Cutie
17. Snow Patrol
18. Mumford & Sons
19. Adele
20. Red Hot Chili Peppers

21. Bruce Springsteen
22. Sting
23. Matchbox 20
24. Norah Jones
25. Ben Harper
26. Kings of Leon
27. John Mellencamp
28. Sarah McLachlan
29. Ray LaMontagne
30. Green Day

31. Chris Isaak
32. Goo Goo Dolls
33. Collective Soul
34. Keane
35. Wilco
36. Imagine Dragons
37. Barenaked Ladies
38. The Head and the Heart
39. Lenny Kravitz
40. The Black Keys

41. Tracy Chapman
42. The Fray
43. Melissa Etheridge
44. The Avett Brothers
45. Pearl Jam
46. Florence + the Machine
47. Guster
48. Jason Mraz
49. Cage the Elephant
50. Michael Franti

51. Bonnie Raitt
52. The Rolling Stones
53. Matt Nathanson
54. Pete Yorn
55. Alanis Morissette
56. Indigo Girls
57. The Lumineers
58. Blues Traveler
59. KT Tunstall
60. The Decemberists

61. Mark Knopfler
62. Tori Amos
63. Shawn Colvin
64. Spoon
65. Jonny Lang
66. Amos Lee
67. Phish
68. The Killers
69. Shawn Mullins
70. Brandi Carlile

71. Van Morrison
72. Robert Plant
73. Dawes
74. Arcade Fire
Foo Fighters
76. Neil Young
77. Of Monsters and Men
78. Grace Potter
79. John Hiatt
80. Alabama Shakes

81. Lorde
82. Pretenders
83. Hozier
84. Mat Kearney
85. Natalie Merchant
86. Phillip Phillips
87. Santana
88. Paul Simon
89. Fitz & the Tantrums
90. Jewel

91. Michael Kiwanuka
92. Ingrid Michaelson
93. Brett Dennen
94. Paolo Nutini
95. Jackson Browne
96. John Bulter Trio
97. Old 97’s
98. Feist
99. Vance Joy
100. One Republic